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The Washington City Paper hosts an internship program three times
throughout the year congruent to the standard academic schedule. For
Washington, our internship program is a rare find — low on grunt work
and high on potential. We seek creative college students who are
hardworking and smart, with a lot of energy. We put a high premium on
attention to detail and fresh ideas.


We place our interns in a variety of departments, including Editorial,
Marketing, Operations, Sales and Advertising, and Web. Interns are
treated as members of our staff and have specific duties that
contribute significantly to the pace and production of our newspaper.

Editorial Intern: Editorial Interns work in the Editorial Department,
entering, updating and researching the arts and events listings,
writing blog posts, copy-editing and proofing articles and working on
various editorial projects. If you’re quick to adopt the City Paper’s
style and standards, you might see yourself working on a project that
could wind up in the paper as the big news or cover story. Since
Washington is a competitive news environment, we seek candidates with
clips and journalism experience.

Sales Interns: Sales Interns work in the Sales and Advertising
Department, updating and researching advertising data, distributing
sales materials, returning prospect calls and working on various
projects within the department.

Operations Intern: The Operations Intern works in the Operations
Department, working on projects related to circulation, supply
tracking, tear sheet production and office management tasks as
assigned. A good spot for a college freshman or high school senior
with an entry level interest in office management and administration.

Marketing Intern: Marketing Interns work with the Marketing Director
to pursue partnerships with local businesses and individuals with the
goal of heightening City Paper awareness, assist in developing
marketing materials to promote external City Paper events, build and
maintain media lists and newsletter subscription lists, draft press
materials for events including press releases, newsletter and Web site

Web Intern: Web Interns work in the Web Department and contribute to
the ongoing development and maintenance of the City Paper site and
online media projects, such as developing a database of locations
around the city museums, bars, statues, etc. that could be used to
give geographic context to online applications, working with the City
Paper archive to identify and enhance the best and most relevant
articles, and working with other large datasets. Candidates with
coding experience and skill or good online experience are encouraged
to apply.

Community Development Intern: Community Development interns support
the Web and Marketing Department and maintain City Paper’s presence on
MySpace, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. They assist in event
planning, production and promotion as well as general assignments
duties as assigned. Perfect for a college freshman or high school
senior with an interest in social media.

Requirements and Perks

Positions are unpaid, but we’ll take good care of you. Our interns
must be able to receive academic credit from their university or
college (which means you’re killing two birds with one stone) and we
offer tons of other benefits, including tickets to the best events in
D.C., coffee, lots of swag, no dress code, movie passes, and guest
list hook-ups, to name a few. Just to reiterate, you must be enrolled
in an academic program and you must be able to receive credit through
your institution in order to apply.


We are accepting internship applications for Summer 2009 on a rolling basis. We suggest applying for future semesters as follows:
Fall 2009: apply by June 20, 2009
Spring 2010 : apply by November 20, 2009
Summer 2010: apply by March 20, 2010

To apply, send your resume, cover letter (indicating which position or
positions you are applying for) and samples of your work (editorial
intern candidates, we mean you!) via e-mail or post.

Email it here:
Amy Austin, Publisher

Mail it here:
Washington City Paper
Attn: Amy Austin (Internship Application)
2390 Champlain St. NW
Washington, DC 20009

Questions? Comments? Concerns?
Contact: or 202-332-2100 x276.

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